Notre Dame – RVM College of Cotabato has its beginning from the Escuela Catolica founded by the Beates ( now RVM Sisters) S. Isabel Cero Mojado, S. Valentina Lorenzo, S. Filomena Galos, and S. Severina Santos who were sent by the Superior General of the Beatas, Reverend Elfigenia Alvarez, 1904. The first classes were held at the home of Don Antonio and Doña Eusebia Sousa, the generous benefactors of the Sisters. In 1917, the school obtained the government recognition and was granted the authority to issue certificates to the elementary school graduates. The subjects taught were Christian Doctrines, Reading and Writing, Drawing and Painting, and Home Arts for Girls. Until 1911, all instructions were in Spanish. When English became the medium of instruction, Spanish continued to be taught as a subject in all levels.

      The school underwent several name changing from Escluela Catolica to Esuela de San Antonio, Colegio de los Corazones why Maria and finally Cotabato Parochial School which it bore until World War II stopped its operation.

      In, 1947, Archbishop Mongeau, then the O.M.I. Father Superior, founded the Notre Dame of Cotabato a co – educational Catholic High School which in 1948 was separated into Boy’s Departments and Girls Department. The Marist Brothers, taking over the Boys remain in the original site of the sister’s School and the Sisters themselves, under the leadership of S. Ma. Isabel Purification moved to the Notre Dame of Cotabato for Girls Department. In 1979, Notre Dame of Cotabato for Girls Department finally became Notre Dame of Cotabato for Girls.

In 1984, the grade school department started to accept boys, while in 2000 the high school department had its group of boys, too. After three years, that is, in school year 2002–2003, the school underwent another change of name, Notre Dame – RVM School of Cotabato which it presently bears.

The years that followed were milestones to remember in the history of this institution. Various improvements happened under the leadership of S. Ma. Zosima N. Capua, RVM, the Directress. It saw the competition of the four-storey Mother Ignacia Building which housed the fourth year classes, the air-conditioned library.

With the school’s endless desire to improve and offer the community a better quality of service in the field of education, it opened its portals to college education for school year 2003-2004. Two short term courses were offered: Hotel and Restaurant Management (2 years) and Caregiver Program (7 months). All classes were held in the new building, as well.

In the school year 2004-2005, the school celebrated its centennial year and the name was changed into Notre Dame – RVM College of Cotabato. Additional college courses were offered: Bachelor of Elementary Education and Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with majors in English and Mathematics.

Being a Catholic Christian school in the midst of a highly Muslim-dominated populace, it takes pride in being in the formation of its people and extending its services to both Christians and Muslims alike. I still hopes to give its best as it continues to respond to the needs and realities of the present moment alongside with globalization and technology.




he NDRVMCCis committed to contribute to the transformation of students, equipped with Marian-Ignacian values to become normally upright citizens ready to be of service to others.



God centered graduate equipped with competence to meet the demands for global excellence and employment